Rawalpindi: Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan Major General Rayimbedi Duyshenbiev called on Federal Minister for Defence, Engr.Khurram Dastgir Khan here Thursday.

While welcoming the dignitary the Defence Minister said that Pakistan greatly values its friendly relations with Kyrgyzstan and looks forward to further strengthen this friendship.

Both the sides agreed that there is considerable potential to further enhance mutual relations in defence and other fields.

Federal Minister expressed satisfaction on the recent ratification of bilateral MOU on mutual training.

He stated that Pakistan looks forward to further enhance cooperation with Kyrgyzstan at bilateral as well as within the framework of regional and international organizations.

He also highlighted that regional stability, security and peace are our common goals. Minister for Defence stressed on further diversification and strengthening of defence cooperation between the two sides through a broad based agreement.

He also suggested regular exchange of defence delegations to each other’s training institutions. The expertise of Armed Forces of Pakistan in the field of counter terrorism along with related training facilities was also mentioned by the Defence Minister.

The visiting dignitary highlighted the importance Kyrgyzstan placed on strengthening defense collaboration with Pakistan.

He supported the idea of a wide ranging MoU on military and technical cooperation. He also invited the Defense Minister to visit Kyrgyzstan at his convenience.

Federal Minister also appraised Major General Duyshenbiev of the capabilities of Pakistan’s Defence Industries and mentioned that Pakistan can meet the requirements of Kyrgyz Armed Forces.

The Minister also extended invitation to the Kyrgyz delegation to visit Pakistan to participate in IDEAS-2018.